Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'

Texas Republican says he'll vote for Trump 'unless Beto O'Rourke decides to run as a Republican'
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Rep. Will HurdWilliam Ballard HurdGroup of veterans call on lawmakers to support impeachment, 'put country over politics' CNN's Bianna Golodryga: 'Rumblings' from Democrats on censuring Trump instead of impeachment Republicans preview impeachment defense strategy MORE (R-Texas) said Sunday that he plans to vote for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE for president in 2020 "unless Beto O’Rourke decides to run as a Republican."

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Hurd, who has separated himself from Trump on issues such as the border wall and did not endorse him in 2016, is friends with former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas). O'Rourke is still considering a bid for the Democratic nomination for president in 2020.

"My plan is to vote for the Republican nominee, yes," Hurd told CNN's "State of the Union."

Host Jake Tapper pressed Hurd on his vote, saying, "Trump over O'Rourke?"

"That's very clear," Hurd responded. "Unless Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeButtigieg picks up third congressional endorsement from New York lawmaker Klobuchar hires staff in Nevada Deval Patrick enters 2020 race MORE decides to run as a Republican, which I don't think he's planning on doing.”

O'Rourke and Hurd went on a bipartisan road trip that was heavily promoted on social media in 2018.

Despite his own popularity in the state, O'Rourke did not endorse Hurd's Democratic challenger during the midterms in a tight race in Texas's 23rd District.